Senseless, in more ways than one.
She is doing exactly what most victims of LOOOOONG abuse do. She is protecting her assailant, because she doesn’t see him for who he is. She only understands the familiar. FAMILIAR sounds very much like FAMILY. Thats because it is. And it is preferable to conceive of a future with the familiar things. A victim of these types of situations has been physically and psychologically weakened. This weakness, and many times very real physical, draining hinders the victim from being able to foresee a future without these attackers. It’s been “beaten” out of them and imagination is disallowed. The creative aspect is so repressed that it is unable to muster the very IDEA of a future without these monsters.
The problem is that she apparently in a family of abuse. Her mother condoned her beatings. This is an awful betrayal and no child should hear from her mother that she is UNWORTHY of life. Words hurt, but they are devastating to a young woman who has no creativity nor will to fight.
I have to commend the judge for recognizing that MS AZAD is not psychologically prepared for this and removed some of this from her DISCRETION
Harry Potter actress asked judge not to jail brother who beat her and said ‘Marry a Muslim or die’
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 12:35 PM on 22nd January 2011
The full horror of a three-hour attack on one of the stars of the Harry Potter films was revealed in court for the first time as her brother was jailed for beating her up.
Ashraf Azad, 28, has been locked up for six months after setting upon his sister Afshan having discovered she was involved in a relationship with a non-Muslim man.
Ms Azad, who played Padma Patil in the wizarding films, had pleaded with a judge to show her older brother leniency despite his violent attack.
But Judge Roger Thomas QC said the incident on May 21 was ‘prolonged and nasty attack’, adding that domestic violence in the home could not be tolerated.
Manchester Crown Court heard Ashraf Azad left his younger sister bruised and swollen after grabbing her by the hair, throwing her across a room and punching her in the head and back as she cowered on the floor of the family home.
He pleaded guilty in December to assaulting Ms Azad at the family home last year.
Azad was handed the six-month sentence at Manchester Crown Court yesterday despite a plea from his sister for leniency.
The actress wrote a letter to Judge Roger Thomas QC asking for her brother not to be locked up and saying that she had forgiven him.
The court heard that Ms Azad has never supported the prosecution despite giving police an initial statement.
But Judge Thomas called Azad’s assault an ‘ill-tempered attempt to dissuade her from continuing the relationship’.
Richard Vardon QC, prosecuting, said Azad overheard his sister talking on her mobile phone in her bedroom on May 21 last year.
The court heard he believed she was talking to the man she was in a relationship with, a Hindu. The Azad family are ‘devout Muslims’.
Mr Vardon said the relationship was ‘a cause of some concern’ for her family and Ms Azad knew it would never be accepted because of differing religious beliefs.
Ashraf Azad (left) has been given a six-month prison sentence for the attack on his sister, Harry Potter actress Afshan. Their father Abul Azad (right) was cleared in court of a charge of making threats to kill
The court heard Azad heard his sister talking as he was in the bathroom then swore at her, saying: ‘Watch what I will do.’
He burst into her bedroom as she ended the call and attempted to hide the mobile phone and its sim card. Azad began to shout at her then grabbed her by the hair and threw her across the bedroom.
The court heard Ms Azad was crying and begging him to stop.
JUDGE THOMAS: ‘It should be understood that whether or not a case is prosecuted is not a matter of choice for a witness, or even a victim of crime.
‘It is rather a matter of public, not private, concern and interest to see instances of domestic violence properly prosecuted through the courts’
Azad, the court heard, then punched her in the back and to the head as she cowered in a ball on the floor. He punched her several times more before his wife came in and told him to stop.
Mr Vardon said: ‘He told his wife to stay out of it because he would do what he wanted to do with his little sister.’
The court heard Azad pulled her up by the hair and dragged her downstairs to his father Abul Azad’s room.
Azad then told his father to ‘sort your daughter out’ and called her a ‘slag’.
Ms Azad, the court heard, was then pushed head-first onto her father’s bed, where she heard the words ‘just kill her’.
Azad, who had been drinking, then attempted to strangle her, Mr Vardon said.
He added: ‘She was struggling to breathe and was scared for her life.’
The court heard Ms Azad’s mother and Azad’s wife then entered the bedroom and she was told that she would have to be sent to Bangladesh to marry.
Mr Vardon added: ‘Her mother called her a prostitute and asked why she was obsessed with sex.’
Azad then ran downstairs, where the court was told Ms Azad heard knives rattling in a drawer after threats were made to kill her.
<And her mother condoned it by not helping her. What kind of mother allows the execution of her own child and cheers it on?>
Mr Vardon said: ‘She was told that she had to marry a Muslim or die. She was feeling very scared.’
The identity of the man who she was in a relationship with was then revealed and Azad went out to look for him, the court heard.
Ms Azad went back to bed but fled the home through her bedroom window the following morning and made a statement to police.
Mr Vardon said: ‘She felt that if she stayed things would get much worse. She said she was in genuine fear for her life.’
Ms Azad suffered bruising and swelling to her face, back, neck and arms.
Azad was subsequently arrested. His father Abul Azad was later cleared in court of a charge of making threats to kill.
In a letter to the court, Ms Azad said she ‘expressed forgiveness’.
But Judge Thomas said: ‘It should be understood that whether or not a case is prosecuted is not a matter of choice for a witness, or even a victim of crime.
‘It is rather a matter of public, not private, concern and interest to see instances of domestic violence properly prosecuted through the courts.’
Ms Azad now lives in London.